LISTEN. BELIEVE. SUPPORT.
IT IS OUR MISSION
to address multifaceted forms of oppression and end sexual violence by empowering survivors through person-first services and community engagement.
On-call 24/7 to provide in-person crisis support to survivors of sexual violence at a hospital
We inform survivors of legal rights and assist them in navigating the legal system
Provided to survivors aged 4 and older and their significant others
Community and Professional Education
Education, workshops, and training
Community mobilization including school presentations
Connections to resources and assistance programs
Confidential Sexual Assault Crisis Line
Call any time. 24/7.
All services are free and confidential.
SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE
Metro East Every Survivor Counts intervention services can be reached through our 24/7 sexual assault intervention hotline, (618) 397-0975.
We support, listen to, and help survivors in times of crisis, at any time of the day or night. The hotline is also available to request an appointment with our agency to receive in-person and survivor lead counseling and advocacy services.
What should I do if I have been assaulted?If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. All survivors’ circumstances and needs are different. If you are unsure of your options, we encourage you to call our 24-hour confidential hotline. If you were recently assaulted, we recommend that you go to the hospital to receive medical treatment. You may have injuries that you are unaware of.
What do I do if I don’t have insurance or money to go to the ER?In Illinois, survivors of sexual assault are not charged for medical expenses related to their assault. If you receive a medical bill, please contact our hotline to work on getting it resolved. 24/7 hotline (618) 397 - 0975
I feel unsafe. What can I do?If you are in immediate danger, call 911. There are several options to consider: You could file a Protective Order (sometimes called a restraining order.) A Protective Order is a court order that states one person cannot come in contact with another. You could move or change your locks. If you’re renting, that’s okay. It may still be possible with the Safe Homes Act. Call our hotline. We can assist you with filing Protective Orders, utilizing the Safe Homes Act, provide additional resources, or assist in creating a safety plan.
I’m worried about missing work to address concerns related to my assault. What should I do?Financial pressures are difficult to deal with, especially in times of crisis. The Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act may be able to protect you from losing your job. We highly recommend working with one of our advocates to ensure you are granted the necessary time off work to address your needs.
What is Crime Victims Compensation and how do I know if I qualify?Crime Victims Compensation is financial reimbursement to victims of crime. Not everything is reimbursable and not everyone is eligible. Here is a useful document for quick reference. An advocate can assist you in determining if you qualify and completing the application process.
According to Metro East ESC data, preventionists have provided a total of 742.75 hours and 418 events consisting of trainings, and/or presentations serving a combined total of 7,080 individuals within the 5 county regional area.
Our sexual assault hotline crisis intervention calls and in person crisis intervention totality of individuals helped and assisted through our crisis intervention services within the last year were a total of 431 individuals equaling a total of 352 hours conducted in crisis intervention services.
Within the last year, we directly served 294 clients with a total 2,236 hours recorded of which 356 was medical related hours, 114 was criminal justice related hours, 150 was civil justice related hours, and the remainder of 1,616.50 were general advocacy and intervention services.
New laws on sexual assault go into effect
Illinois activated new laws this month expanding protections for victims of sexual assault who were intoxicated.
Why it matters: The rules set important new standards for what's considered sexual consent, but they were ushered in last week with more than 200 other laws — making them easy to...
Sexual Assault Outpatient Hospital Treatment Services Rate
Illinois Health and Hospital Association
Under Public Act 102-1097 (SB 3023) signed on June 16, now provides hospital reimbursement for a survivor who is not the subscriber or primary policyholder of their insurance policy and who chooses to opt out of billing their private insurance. The act also extends reimbursable follow-up care from 90 days to 180 days.
Improving Response to Sexual Assault
from Illinois Attorney General
In 2016, The Attorney General's Office led an effort with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault to pass The Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act. The Act addresses troubling statistics that show only a fraction of sexual assault victims report crimes to law...